C3 ANVIL IS­LAND

Suncruiser West Coast - - Vancouver Island Moorage -

1. Anvil Is­land - Named by Cap­tain Van­cou­ver be­cause of the shape of its moun­tain. Some beach­ing ar­eas on the east side.

2. Domett Point - The apex of Anvil Is­land. The bay to the east pro­vides great an­chor­age and shel­ter from the south. To the south­west there is a nice bay, watch for log booms. Tie up if you dare, re­lax, and en­joy the scenery.

3. This nice bay of­fers good an­chor­age and great shel­ter from south winds. The two bays south of the point pro­vide great an­chor­age and shel­ter from north winds.

4. Camp Pot­latch is op­er­ated by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Van­cou­ver. This is pri­vate prop­erty; no tres­pass­ing. The wa­ter is very shal­low in front of Pot­latch Creek. The bay to the west pro­vides shel­ter and an­chor­age.

5. De­fence Is­lands - Pri­vate prop­erty of the Squamish Na­tion; named after the H.M.S. De­fence which was headed by Cap­tain James Gambier. It was the first ship to pass through the French de­fence line at the bat­tle of “The Glo­ri­ous First” of June, 1794. Good an­chor­age north side of the larger is­land.

6. Five Coves - Good an­chor­age and shel­ter from north winds with smaller bays to the south.

7. Furry Creek - Nice small bay (north) pro­vides shel­ter from north winds and some an­chor­age. Watch for the out­flow area 150 m (160 yards) into the wa­ter and north of the point.

8. Porteau Cove Marine Park - Opened in 1981; of­fers good an­chor­age, large beach ar­eas, camp­ground, wash­rooms, lots of park­ing, boat launch­ing and moor­ing buoys. This is the best scuba div­ing area in Howe Sound and divers will find more than 100 species of marine life such as Oc­topi, Plu­moseanemones, Ling Cod and sev­eral types of shrimp. Due to the dis­tance from shore, some dives are in­tended for in­ter­me­di­ate to ad­vanced divers. Yel­low marker buoys and dive floats show the lo­ca­tion of the shal­lower wrecks and reefs which lie from 6 to 18 m (20 to 60 ft). Sunken Ships: First ship, “Cape Spruce,” is a sub­ma­rine chaser built in 1942; wooden hull 108 feet, 117 tons, sunk 1980. Sec­ond ship, “M.V. Fort Langley,” is a wooden boat of 51 feet. It was an Al­bion Is­land ferry which was sunk in 1980. Third ship, “Nakaya,” is a 136 feet mo­tor minesweeper YMS-420; it was built in Chicago in 1943 and sunk in 1985. Fourth ship, “Cen­ten­nial 111,” is a 35 feet, 35 ton, steel dredge ten­der; it was sunk in 1991. Fifth ship, “Fer­ro­ce­ment sail­boat,” has a hull of 50 feet, 10 tons do­nated by Mr. and Mrs. Mccall, and it was sunk in 1991. Sixth ship, “Gran­thall,” is 92 feet long, 164 tons, and it was a steel-hulled steam tug boat built in Mon­treal in 1928 for the CPR; it was sunk in 1992 (UASBC).

9. Brunswick Point - Pro­vides good an­chor­age on the south side but you will re­main ex­posed to the el­e­ments. A plaque up on the road states, “Pa­cific Great East­ern.” The P.G.E. de­rived its name from Eng­land’s great East­ern Rail­ways. Started by pri­vate in­ter­ests in 1912, it was ac­quired by the prov­ince in 1918 when the builders ran into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. Op­er­at­ing be­tween Squamish and Ques­nel from 1921, it was ex­tended to Prince Ge­orge in 1952, to North Van­cou­ver in 1956 and to Daw­son Creek and Fort St. John in 1958.

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